Monday, 17th June 2019

Toy Story Play Days are bringing Bo Peep back to Disneyland Paris

For eleven days from 18th to 28th June, Walt Disney Studios Park will be hosting a mini-festival celebrating Pixar’s greatest stars during Toy Story Play Days.

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Tuesday, 27th February 2018

2bn euros to transform Walt Disney Studios Park: new Star Wars, Marvel, Frozen lands announced

2bn euros to transform Walt Disney Studios Park: new Star Wars, Marvel, Frozen lands announced

The day every Disneyland Paris fan has waited for is here. Walt Disney Studios Park is set to be transformed and expanded with an enormous 2 billion euro masterplan bringing new Star Wars, Marvel and Frozen lands. (more…)

Friday, 10th March 2017

Beauty and the Beast’s Belle to replace Moana meet at Art of Disney Animation

Beauty and the Beast Belle live-action 2017 character meet and greet Disneyland Paris

The star of Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Beauty and the Beast remake will replace animated heroine Moana at the Walt Disney Studios Park meet and greet spot from the new movie’s release date. (more…)

Monday, 21st November 2016

Moana character meet ‘n’ greet location now open at Art of Disney Animation

Moana character meet 'n' greet at Art of Disney Animation, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris (Photo: Maarten)

Moana officially began her new Disneyland Paris meet and greet location yesterday, following a day of previews for the press on Saturday. (more…)

Saturday, 19th November 2016

Moana has made her first ever Disney Parks character appearance – in Paris!

Moana makes her first ever Disney Parks character appearance at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris scored an exclusive “first” yesterday as Disney’s latest heroine Moana made her first ever appearance within a Disney park anywhere in the world. (more…)

Saturday, 12th November 2016

Disney’s latest heroine Moana is coming to Disneyland Paris in one week

Disney Moana character meet 'n' greet at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris will welcome a brand new Disney character to its catalogue of famous famous next weekend, its first in three years. Moana, titular star of the new Walt Disney Animation Studios film, will begin meet and greet appearances at Walt Disney Studios Park from Sunday, 20th November 2016. (more…)

Thursday, 28th April 2016

Mickey and the Magician: new Walt Disney Studios stage show promises “amazing illusions”

Mickey and the Magician, new Walt Disney Studios show at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris has just shared a new preview image and press release for the opening of ‘Mickey and the Magician’. The new, original stage show will take up residence in the former Animagique theatre in Toon Studio at Walt Disney Studios Park from 2nd July 2016. (more…)

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

Reinvent the magic: Disneyland Paris confirms enhancement plans for 10 classic attractions

Disneyland Paris Experience Enhancement Plan

Disneyland Paris has formally revealed a four-point renovation plan to “reinvent the magic”, covering ten key attractions in both parks. In planning for several years with the codename “Project Sparkle”, the major slate of refurbishments and updates will both restore lost details and add fresh new features, aiming to bring the Disneyland Paris experience fully in line with its American counterparts. (more…)

Thursday, 10th July 2014

La Place de Rémy officially opens to the public with blockbuster Ratatouille lines

Ratatouille Disneyland Paris Opening Day Inauguration Ceremony

It’s open! Today was the day, 10th July 2014, that La Place de Rémy and its key attraction, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, officially opened to the public following several weeks of previews with a special inauguration ceremony shortly after 10am.

Hosted by the Disneyland Paris Ambassadors, Jonathan and Antonella, the opening ceremony welcomed Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of Commerce, of Tourism Promotion and of the French abroad, to Disneyland Paris.

The resort’s new chief operating officer Daniel Delcourt also took to the stage, while several elements of the earlier Grand Opening ceremonies for the press made a return to Walt Disney Studios Park, including that gingham ribbon, Rémy himself and even a surprise reappearance by the real-life Linguini.

Ratatouille Disneyland Paris Opening Day Inauguration Ceremony

Once opened, lines quickly reached blockbuster levels with guests filling the exterior queue, a roped extension area in front of the Fastpass distribution, and lining the full length of Rue Auguste Gusteau, with the queue beginning somewhere back in Toon Studio. Good thing today was also the first day the park remained open until 9pm, extending its operating day by a whole two hours, a milestone in itself.

A 120 minute wait time was posted on the park’s electronic tips board, which now lists the attraction, simply calling it “Ratatouille”. However, at one point temporary signage advised guests that, from the entrance to La Place de Rémy next to Toy Story Playland, a wait time of 190 minutes was possible.

Ratatouille Disneyland Paris Opening Day Inauguration Ceremony

Wait times for other popular Studios attractions appeared unaffected, particularly Crush’s Coaster which continued to offer up to an 80 minute wait. Of course, as much as Ratatouille could draw guests away from those attractions, it will (hopefully) be bringing more people to the park altogether, unfortunately mitigating any dramatic change.

But here’s the important fact: those lines aren’t due to bad planning, at least with this attraction. Ratatouille actually (just about) has the capacity to cope with its popularity on a normal day. It’s not quite a Pirates of the Caribbean juggernaut, but the packs of Ratmobiles were thankfully specced pretty well in their ability to cycle guests through.

As we concluded on Twitter, Ratatouille is officially a “blockbuster” attraction for Walt Disney Studios Park, and that’s down to quality, not poor capacity.

Seeing guests queueing round the block, clamouring to experience La Place de Rémy for themselves, says a lot about the demand for investments of this scale or, perhaps even more so, the rest of the park which those guests are turning their back on.

Complete video: Ratatouille Opening Day Inauguration Ceremony

Fun facts from today’s opening day press release

  • Including the attraction, restaurant and upcoming boutique, the new Ratatouille area has created 200 new and permanent jobs.
  • The project required the skills of more than 4000 craftspeople, 80% of which were French. A total of 44 French companies helped to create the attraction, including 34 from Île-de-France and 11 from Seine-et-Marne.
  • A special ultrasonic cleaning system was developed for the attraction by Fisa, a company based in Essonne, which allows 22,000 pairs of 3D glasses to be cleaned in five hours.
  • With 370 seats, Bistrot Chez Rémy is the largest table-service restaurant at Disneyland Paris. 80% of the produce used is of French origin, and the meat is sourced from within Europe (Scotland or France).
  • Disneyland Paris has generated more than 55,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs since its opening. In 2014, the group signed 8000 employment contracts, of which 1000 are permanent. Almost 15,000 people are currently employed at Disneyland Paris.
  • Disneyland Paris contributes on average 6.2% of the French tourism industry’s foreign currency revenues and contributes €50 billion in added value for the French economy.
  • Disneyland Paris is Europe’s number one tourist destination, with more than 275 million visits since its opening. Within a tourist sector elevated to the ranks of “national priority”, according to François Hollande during the Tourism Forum in June 2014, Disneyland Paris takes pride of place.
  • Over the past five years, investments centred on maintaining and developing Disneyland Paris have amounted to €510 million.

Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy Disneyland Paris

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Tuesday, 24th June 2014

Ratatouille: The Adventure Grand Opening LIVE Reports – Day 2 Roundup, Part 2

Ratatouille: The Adventure Grand Opening LIVE Reports

On Saturday 21st June, DLP Today took you live inside Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy for the first time. After the morning opening ceremony (covered in Part 1), we were able to share the first impressions of a live ride through the new attraction, before quickly skipping off to meet two important Imagineers behind the project.

Then, it was back to the ride for more updates, revealing the Ratmobiles and their load and unload areas in more detail for the first time.

Keep your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the Ratmobile! (more…)

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